We’ve a lot to be grateful for when it comes to the culinary riches the Aztec, Mayans, Olmec and many other indigenous Mexican cultures have brought us. Our dinner tables would be meagre and much diminished without cacao, tomatoes, vanilla, squash, avocados, chillies and corn.
It was these cultures that first developed the process of Nixtamalization – where corn is soaked in an alkaline solution of calcium hydroxide from lime stone. This helps to break down the hull of corn kernels and unlock the true nutritional potential of the corn. It also enables the corn to be ground into a dough called masa from which tortillas and tortilla chips are made and it’s the main staple of Mexican cuisine.
With industrialised farming and the advent of GMO’s, you’re probably familiar with just white and yellow maize, but there are in fact hundreds of many-coloured heirloom varieties which you may not have encountered before.
We’re delighted to tell you that the tortilla chip range made by EL BURRO MERCADO (which means ‘market place’ in Spanish), is changing all that!
EL BURRO MERCADO, along with their sourcing partners in Mexico, have sourced only the best single source heirloom corn from the Hills of Oaxaca. In this way they are helping preserve these ancient corns and support the small communities that continue to use time-honoured growing techniques and ancient grains.
EL BURRO MERCADO currently has 2 varieties of authentic tortilla chips in their range which are sold in 24-pack boxes:
El Burro White Corn Chips 250g pack
El Burro Rainbow Corn Chips 250g pack
The white tortilla chips are made with the best locally sourced non-gmo organically certified corn. The Rainbow corn chips are made from multi-coloured heirloom varieties sourced in Mexico.
EL BURRO MERCADO uses traditional volcanic stone grinders to mill their nixtamalized corn which is gluten-free and preservative-free.
Do you feel a Mexican Wave coming on? Start crunching and buen appetito!